Part 1 : New places
1. Do you feel nervous when you travel to new places?
When visiting foreign countries for the first time, I am like a fish out of water , not knowing where to go or what to do. Fortunately, I always got some help from the locals who gave me detailed directions to the place I wanted.
- A fish out of water: bơ vơ, lạc lõng
- Fortunately (adv): may mắn thay
2. Can you read a map when you travel to new places?
With the aid of GPS, most people know where they are located nowadays. As long as my phone can access the Internet , I don’t have to worry too much about getting lost. However, without the help of my Google maps, I find it almost impossible to read a paper map or instruction boards, as I don’t have a good head for directions. In these times, I often end up asking people for directions because they know the area like the back of their hands.
- Aid (n): sự giúp đỡ
- Access the Internet: kết nối mạng
- Know s.th like the back of one’s hand: nắm/biết rõ cái gì
3. Have you ever helped someone who got lost?
Yeah, sure. About a month ago there was this middle-aged lady who did not know how to get to the market and she asked me for help. I guess older generations are not familiar with the use of technology in general, therefore not being able to use e-maps is unsurprising among senior citizens. After my explanation, she remained a bit confused so I decided to take her there, eventually.
- Middle-aged (adj): trung niên
- Be familiar with: quen với
- Unsurprising (adj): không bất ngờ
- Senior citizens (n): người già
Part 2: Describe a time you visited a new place
You should say:
- Where the new place is
- When you went there
- Why you went there
And explain how you feel about the place.
When reading this cue card, I immediately think of the time when I went on a hiking trip to Fansipan with my best friends.
Normally, if ever given a long holiday, we would go for chilling by the beach. But to make a little change, we decided to spice things up by going off the beaten track. Living in Ho Chi Minh city, we had to take a long car trip up North to reach the mountains. The only thing I remember during the trip was how spectacular the scenery was, which was chalk and cheese different from where we live. From afar, I could spot many waterfalls, with the water cascading down the side of one of the rocky mountains.
The height of the Fansipan was 3,143 meters, which is the highest on the Indochinese Peninsula, hence its nickname “the Roof of Indochina”. This is an ideal hiking spot for those who wish to challenge themselves with a steep and fairly strenuous hike. Hiking with a small group of friends, I could enjoy the beauty of silence. I could listen to the rhythm of my breath, look at the small details and lose myself in the look of magnificent scenery, trying to engrave it in my memory, forever. I was fully immersed in the nature surrounding me, with thousands of trees along the way and the sounds of exotic animals, which I couldn’t normally see in the city.
After almost 3 days of hard work, we finally reached the summit of the mountain. From the very top of Fansipan, we could see the whole panoramic view of the forests, which was absolutely out of this world. I had been to the mountainous areas before but never had I felt such a sense of achievement like I did that time, maybe it was because I had to get there on foot. Fansipan was truly a picturesque destination, and I thought it was best experienced on a hike, not cable cars, because only through hiking can you really enjoy the beautiful natural landscape while spending time with your loved ones.
That was my first time going on such an extraordinary trip, but I guess it was probably one of the most exciting experiences in my entire life.
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- Spice things up: khuấy động
- Go off the beaten track: đến nơi không có nhiều người biết đến
- Chalk and cheese different: vô cùng khác biệt
- Cascade down (v): (thác) đổ xuống
- Steep (adj): dốc
- Strenuous (adj): khó khăn
- Engrave (v): khắc sâu
- Be immersed in s.th: đắm chìm vào gì đó
- Exotic (adj): lạ
- Panoramic view (n): toàn cảnh (từ trên xuống)
- Be out of this world: tuyệt vời, không thể tưởng tượng nổi
- Sense of achievement: cảm giác chinh phục được điều gì
- Picturesque (adj): đẹp như tranh
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Part 3: New places
1. Which do you prefer, living in a new city or only visiting it as a tourist?
Everyone has a place they call “home” and I am no exception. I was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh city, and I am used to the weather, food as well as the people here. Being happy in a place isn’t always a quantifiable or logical thing. A lot of it comes down to just, well, how a place makes you feel. So even though I’m an avid traveler who has been to many cities around the world, I would always come back here, instead of being a tourist-turned resident in a new place.
- Quantifiable (adj): có thể đong đếm được
- Avid traveler (n): người đam mê du lịch
- Tourist-turned resident (n): cư dân ban đầu là khách du lịch
2. How do young and old people react differently to new things?
From my observation, when unexpected sequences arise older adults are less able to overcome their habitual responses and they also take longer to learn to adapt. When asked to vary their learned routine on multiple occasions, they did not improve as much as younger adults. Older adults took less time to plan movements but more time to execute them, possibly because they were unsure of their actions. Young people, on the other hand, tend to keep an open mind, making it much easier to make adjustments to better fit a new living place, a new job, or a new relationship.
- Habitual response (n): phản ứng theo thói quen
- Execute (v): thực hiện
- Keep an open mind: có đầu óc cởi mở
3. Why do some people want to go to college far away from home?
For those who wish to become independent, moving away from their parents is the first and also the biggest step. Living on their own means that people need to deal with almost everything on their own, which is the key factor in building self-assurance and confidence. Leaving home for college, in addition, gives people the opportunity to experience living in a new region. Not only does it introduce them to a new state or country, but it also opens the door to so many road trips or possible traveling experiences, thus helping them broaden their minds.
- Self-assurance (n): sự tự tin
- Broaden one’s mind: mở rộng đầu óc
4. How do young children react when they go to school for the first time?
I haven’t got kids yet, but as far as I know, the move from home to school is a major change for everybody. Most children are bound to have mixed feelings about leaving behind a familiar environment. They are oftentimes reluctant to go to school, which reflects a child’s anxiety about leaving home. There are so many adjustments to make that it may take some time to settle in. Children who have not made the usual moves towards independence, find it difficult to be separated from their mothers. Plus, it may take children some time to get used to the unfamiliar school environment, make new friends or simply to take studying as a habit.
- Reluctant (adj): dè dặt
- Settle in (v): chuẩn bị
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